[Makercise] has been working on a Gingery Lathe since September last year. I corresponded with Dave back when the books first came out. Yes I too am building a metal working shop from scrap using the books written by Mr. Dave Gingery. I figured, “hey I already have a foundry why not build some. To bore the headstock accurately a temporary headstock assembly is made. Dave Gingery directs the reader to build an adjustable angle iron based assembly.

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Here is a closeup of the finished bore, the boring bar and the bit. Here is the bed scraped and ready for the ways.

There is another book by Gingery, not usually counted as part of the series, entitled Building a Gas Fired Crucible Furnace gingeery, which can be substituted for that describing the charcoal foundry. This let me test a prototype headstock design for a wood turning lathe I’d like to design and build.

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The series of books start out with the charcoal foundry. Notify me of new posts via email. It might not take you that long but my bed was a bit “cratered” because of overzealous venting with the vent wire. This maker really sets the standard. Here is the temporary apron that carries the headstock along the ways lathhe it is bored.


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All the metal chips are cleaned away. I really like the background music. Y es I too lahhe building a metal working shop from scrap using the books written by Mr.

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He was also a devoted amateur musician primarily tenor banjo and vocalist performing the music of the Great American Songbook and classic country.

Education How making is transforming learning. You can see the sprue left on one. Rather then drilling and tapping holes in the front of the headstock to attach the temporary apron I simply drilled latthe holes to fit the screw locations of the front ways clamp.

The one in the front shows almost no signs of shrinkage so it’s the one I went with. I am descended from 5, generations of tool-using primates. In addition to the Build Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap series, Dave Gingery and his son Vincent have published a large number of booklets on shop practices, engine construction and mechanical miscellanea.

I corresponded with Dave back when the books first came out. The hobbyist starts by constructing a small foundry capable of melting silicon – aluminum and zinc alloys from recycled automotive parts. This set was bull-feces! Great video playlist, lots of little tips and observations scattered throughout it too. The lathe is the first machine built since it can be used to help laathe itself. I didn’t have any lathe tool material to grind my boring bar from as the book recommends so instead I used a piece of hardened steel off a thread save tap.


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The holes are drilled and tapped for the bolts and lugs that attached the bed. You are commenting using your WordPress. Gingery is noted for using basic methods, seldom used today, in order to make it possible for a skilled hobbyist latge build the machines in the book series, usually without the aid of power tools or other expensive instruments.

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O Kay the headstock is complete and at this point I can use the lathe for a few applications.